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“Jo gives such constructive and considered feedback in her assessments, helping authors realise the potential of their manuscripts through her strong grasp of both the big picture and the finer details. I am so grateful for her thoughtful and professional assessment service, which helped me rework my manuscript into a state that was ready for submission. It has since been accepted for publication!”
– Penny Harrison, writer, book reviewer,
“Jo’s assessments of Unpublished Picture Book Manuscripts were thoughtful, insightful and detailed, encouraging each creator to think outside the square and push themselves higher.”
– Tania McCartney, writer, illustrator, founder of www.kids-bookreview.com,
“Jo's services are first class. An experienced and astute editor, she has a deep understanding of her clients' needs and provides guidance with care and respect”
– AJ Collins, professional writer and editor,
“Jo is an experienced editor with an excellent eye for identifying what’s working and what isn’t. Whether your work is fiction or non-fiction, genre or corporate, Jo has a knack for elucidating big picture issues, and an ability to suggest structural modifications that will help you to make your work shine. I thoroughly recommend her. ”
– Melissa Catherine Manning,
What is involved in a Structural Assessment/Manuscript Assessment Report?
I read your complete novel and then provide a detailed report on the following aspects of your narrative:
I relate my comments directly to specific parts of your manuscript.
Clients often spend a considerable amount of time considering the issues raised in the manuscript report and whether they want to cut, add and/or change scenes, characters, settings and timelines, among other things.
What is involved in a Developmental Edit?
This service includes a full manuscript assessment, but it goes much further. In addition to the manuscript assessment, the developmental edit is an extremely time-intensive (and therefore costly) exercise, which requires that I read your entire manuscript and edit every page in detail (through tracked changes). I aim to point out every point at which there might be gaps or inconsistencies in your created world, plot, characters, character actions, motivations, character appearances, timelines and anything else that crops up. I highlight places where the reader needs to know more/ less /something different in order to be safely propelled through your story. Issues of dialogue (how to set it out most effectively, including the use of dialogue tags and action tags, or, in rare cases, no tags) are covered in detail. Transitions between scenes and chapters are particularly scrutinised at this level, as the last thing we want is for a reader to walk away because they get confused.
I do not recommend embarking on this intensive assessment unless the story structure, settings, character and timelines are all well-developed.
By the time a manuscript is ready for a copy edit, most of the big picture narrative issues are sorted.
At this stage, the line-by-line issues of vocabulary choice, sentence structure (length, variation, awkward turns of phrase), spelling and punctuation are scrutinised. Any and all remaining narrative gaps, with particular attention to the logical sequences of events, timeline, plot and character consistencies are included.
This service is often provided for writers who choose to self-publish. It is generally not recommended that the editor who has travelled with you through the manuscript assessment, developmental edit and copy edit stages be involved in this proofreading process as they are far too closely involved with the text to be able to see these tiny remaining errors. I refer proofreading services to trusted colleagues rather than risk missing critical errors in text with which I am overly familiar. My trusted colleagues, in turn, refer proofreading work for clients who have travelled with them through the developmental editing stages.
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